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Physiotherapy for Arthritis

Physiotherapy plays an important role in managing arthritis. It can help you to maintain independence through improving your mobility, strength and flexibility.

Used along with medication it can also help to minimise pain.

What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists have a detailed understanding of the body and movement. They work with people with limited mobility – from injury, arthritis or another condition – providing advice, guided exercises and referral to other services.

Physiotherapists can devise simple exercise programmes that you can practise at home to help you build your strength and flexibility.

Exercise is especially important for people with arthritis. It can help to reduce pain and increase mobility

How can I see a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are often based in hospital departments, but some work in health centers. They may work alone, or within a team of healthcare professionals.

You can be referred by your GP or rheumatologist, and in some areas you can refer yourself. Some people choose to pay to see a physiotherapist privately.

What will happen in my physiotherapy assessment?

In an assessment, the physiotherapist will examine your posture, muscles, and, if relevant, the way you walk. They will ask about the activities which cause you pain.

They will offer you advice and design a personalised treatment plan. This may include:

It is usual to have around six sessions with a physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy session

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